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S.C. Gwynne  

Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Journalist, & Historian.

S.C. (Sam) Gwynne is the author of three books including, Selling Money, about his years as an international banker, and The Outlaw Bank about the $20 billion BCCI bank fraud. Outlaw Bank was named one of Business Week magazine’s Top Ten Books of the year. His latest book Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History spent four months on the New York Times top 10 best-seller list.

Gwynne joined the Dallas Morning News in 2010 as a senior writer. He has written profiles of baseball star Josh Hamilton and former Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr, among other stories. From 2000-2010 Sam wrote mainly for Texas Monthly. His work included cover stories on White House advisor Karl Rove, NASA, Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, and the King Ranch. Other subjects of his feature stories include: Dell Computer, Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton, and a week-long solo camping trip in Big Bend. His 2005 story on lethal Houston surgeon Eric Scheffey was published in The Best American Crime Writing 2006. In 2008 he won the National City and Regional Magazine Award for “Writer of the Year.”

Prior to joining Texas Monthly, Gwynne worked for Time magazine for 12 years as Correspondent, Bureau Chief, National Correspondent and Senior Editor. He wrote some 200 stories for Time, including six cover stories. He traveled throughout the United States, and to England, Austria, France, Belgium, Spain, and Russia to report stories. He won a number of awards for his work at Time, including a National Headliners Award for his work on the Columbine High School shootings. He also won the Gerald Loeb Award, the country’s most prestigious award for business writing, the Jack Anderson Award as the best investigative reporter, and the John Hancock Award for Distinguished Financial Writing. He has also written for the New York Times, Harper’s, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, California Magazine, the Boston Globe and many other publications. He is the former editor-in-chief of California Business magazine, then the nation’s largest regional business magazine. Prior to his career in journalism, Gwynne was a French teacher and an international banker.

In 2007-8 Gwynne was President of the Board of Directors of Caritas of Austin, one of the city’s leading charities that provides assistance in the form of food, rent and utility payments, and counseling to people in need. He has also taught advanced reporting and feature writing at the University of Texas School of Journalism, with the title of Lecturer.


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